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Date of Passing: Aug 10, 2020

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We, the family, are heartbroken to announce the passing of Al on Monday, August 10, 2020 following a short and severe illness.
Al was born in Birmingham, England and as a child was evacuated during the Second World War to Govilon, South Wales, where he lived for three years. At the age of 18, he was conscripted into the R.A.F. and spent most of his time in Singapore. He met Julie soon after returning home, and they started dating. He immigrated to Canada in 1957 to work for the Bank of Montreal in Winnipeg. Julie followed him six months later, and they were married on November 16, 1957. Their son Mark was born nearly a year later, and daughter Deb was born in 1964.
Al worked for the Bank of Montreal for 19 years. Then in 1979 he began a career with the Manitoba Trucking Association as General Manager until he retired at the age of 62.
In 1986, Al and Julie moved to Grosse Isle so that Al could enjoy his hobby of raising birds. He did so for over 25 years, providing many breeders with peacocks, quail, pheasants and chickens.
Al, the youngest of nine children, was predeceased by many of his friends, and all of his brothers and sisters except one, Charlie.
Surviving him are his wife Julie, son Mark (Doreen), daughter Deb (George), granddaughter Sam and great-grandsons, Vincent and Jensen, and friend Shirley.

MacKenzie Funeral Home
204 467 2525

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 15, 2020

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • Drove by Pepperloaf today, found Als obit and recalled our time together so many years ago. Sad he is gone, such a great guy. If you get to see this Julie, hope you are well. Lovingly, Thelma and Elwin.đź’• - Posted by: Elwin and Thelma Chase (Al was my credit officer when I was manager Bank of Montreal Carman so many years ago.) on: Dec 31, 2020

  • My sincerest condolences to my special friend Julie, Deb & Mark. It is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye to a friend I held in highest esteem. A true English gentleman with an impeccable work ethic, a zest for life and a keen sense of humour. Al & Julie, Tony & I had met at the Westview Dance Club. There was an instant connection and we remained friends throughout the years. We enjoyed so many parties, dances, social events, trips, and of coarse the odd cocktail. These special times will be etched in my memory forever. Through the laughter & the tears....... - I will remember you- - Posted by: Anita Stenders (Friend) on: Sep 13, 2020

  • I first met Al and Julie Harris when I joined the Manitoba Art Expo, I first saw them at the meeting before the show, but I didn’t get to talk to them. Julie first approached me to talk to me about my art, she thought I brought some new life into the show. They have been nothing but nice to me thought-out my time with the show and were supportive when I decided to leave. My wife and I had the chance to visit them at their home and spent time with them outside the show, it was a visit we will never forget. We were devastated when we heard of Al’s passing, our thoughts and prayers are with Julie and their family. We wish we could visit, but because of the current situation we can’t. Al was a special friend to us, we were happy we got to know him. We will miss him dearly… Jeff & Dionne Nepinak - Posted by: Jeff Nepinak (Friend) on: Sep 02, 2020

  • Al Harris was an incredible man and raised some beautiful poultry and fowl. For many years Al was involved in the Cluck and Quack Poultry club and served on its Executive. I had the pleasure of serving on the board of the poultry club with him for a couple of years and learning so much about poultry raising from him. He was a mentor for me and I am honored to have some of his poultry supplies passed down to me a few years ago when he retired from birds. I enjoyed the tours of his bird facility and beautiful gardens, and the time I came down for tea. Al, you will be greatly missed. You always had time to talk and help educate and share your vast knowledge, whether it was poultry or how to build a stone driveway. Your knowledge of birds and time served with the Club will forever be remembered. From Kylie Wasiuta and on behalf of the Cluck and Quack Poultry Club and its Executive. - Posted by: Kylie Wasiuta (Mentor and a friend) on: Aug 17, 2020

  • Al an Julie have been family friends with my Mum and Dad, Dorothy and Bob Willacy for 40 odd years. Dancing, holidaying and enjoying celebrating life as good friends do. I was privaledged to work with Al on an ad hoc committee at City hall and always enjoyed our family connections. Al was a kind hearted lovely being. God Bless Al. - Posted by: Morgan Willacy (Family friend) on: Aug 16, 2020

  • Al, we will miss you. Your friendship, and dear neighbor for 52 years! The great times we had together as a couple with you and Julie, the dinners, the dances, the pool parties, all great memories ! Your abilities to solve problems, both on the job or on your farm, with all the specialty types of fowl you raised as a hobby, yes, including wild turkeys, and peacocks!! You were a very unusual, man, capable of doing any kind of work from building a stone -wall driveway to the gorgeous flowers you and Julie grew. And, thanks for all the advice and help you gave me over all these years. Have a great new Journey, Russ and Edna Edwards - Posted by: Russ and Edna Edwards (Freind and Neighbor) on: Aug 15, 2020

  • Many fond memories of working with Al when he was GM of the Mb trucking association. The many friends Al made in the trucking industry through out Canada will be saddened by his passing. Marie and I extend our most sincere condolences to Julie and family. - Posted by: Richard Schram (business associate and friend) on: Aug 15, 2020

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